In fact, less than 20%–and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively–of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes.
It’s the only way he’ll fly:
According to an October 6 article in the Washington University magazine Student Life, Hannity “reportedly asked that the media not be informed of his motivations for the decision.” The students who had coordinated the event — who had raised $20,000 to bring Hannity to their campus — described what happened:
Hannity cited personal reasons for his cancellation, said law student Ruth Hollander after speaking with the right-wing pundit over the phone yesterday. Hannity, Hollander said, requested a private jet to fly him to St. Louis for the speech, but then rejected “several” different jets offered by a private donor. He told Hollander about a “bad experience” with the prominent company that had manufactured all the jets offered for his trip.
“[Hannity's agent] said he thought we should say that because of the short time frame involved, it didn’t work out,” said Hollander. “I said I didn’t think that was the truth, and…I really felt we had met all of our commitments and we were going to be honest when asked.”
Will conservatives challenge Hannity or say nothing and look the other way? Bet on the latter.